Cat Transport Services

Protocols for cat transport can be tricky to navigate. Language barriers, strict biosecurity controls, health certificate requirements and varying airline restrictions can be challenging – even for the most organized cat owner!

That’s why our Pet Travel Consultants are experienced in working with domestic and global partners to find a solution to transport your cat to anywhere in the world.

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Any cat, anywhere in the world!

All international destinations (including Hawaii) have very strict rules surrounding the entry of cats into a country. In most cases, travel preparations including veterinary treatments or obtaining permits may need to start months before departure. With adequate preparation time, quarantine in some destinations can be completely eliminated, or significantly reduced.

Whether you are traveling from the USA, back to the USA, or between any other countries, Pet Express can make your move easier for you and your cats. With a huge network of expert partners throughout the USA and overseas, Pet Express is equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to care for your furry friends anywhere in the world.

We provide customized cat transport services

Preparing for Your Cat’s Transport

As pet owners planning to transport your beloved feline, there are several key aspects you need to be aware of to ensure a safe and smooth journey.

Our role at Pet Express is to guide you through each of the following steps to ensure your cat’s transport meets all necessary regulations and requirements and makes the process as smooth and stress-free as possible for both you and your feline.

Understanding Health Certificate Requirements

It’s crucial to obtain a valid health certificate for your cat. This involves a thorough veterinary check-up to certify that your cat is fit for travel. Health certificates typically need to be issued close to the departure date, as they have a limited validity period.

Get Familiar with Biosecurity Laws

Different countries have specific biosecurity laws to prevent the spread of diseases. These laws can affect the entry of pets. We will help you familiarize yourself with the biosecurity requirements of your destination country well in advance, and we will assist you in understanding and complying with these regulations.

Vaccinations and Treatments

Ensuring your cat is up-to-date with vaccinations required by your destination country is vital. Some countries also require treatments like parasite control before entry. We’ll provide detailed information about these requirements based on your cat’s destination.

Quarantine Rules

Some destinations may require your cat to undergo quarantine upon arrival. Understanding the duration, conditions, and procedures of quarantine is essential. We’re here to run you through it all.

In some cases, certain preparations can reduce or even eliminate the need for quarantine entirely. We’ll help you determine whether this is a viable option for your feline, and if so, step you through the process.

Plan for Pickup and Settling In

Arranging your cat’s pickup from the airport and having a comfortable space ready for them to settle in at your destination will make your furry friend’s life a lot more stress-free. We’ll help you coordinate the details, so you can get them settled in to their new home as soon as possible.

Emergency Contact Information

We will always prompt you to leave detailed contact information with us, including emergency contacts, in case we need to reach you during your cat’s transport.

Advance preparation is key.

Speak to a Pet Travel Consultant to discuss your international cat transport needs today, and together we can structure a customized cat travel program that will benefit both you and your cat.

What you can do to make your cat’s travels more comfortable

Acclimate Them to their Travel Crate

Start introducing your cat to their travel crate well in advance. Make it a comfortable space with familiar bedding and toys. This helps reduce stress and anxiety, ensuring they are more at ease during transportation.

Regular Health Check-Ups

Schedule regular visits to the vet leading up to the transport. This ensures your cat is healthy and up-to-date with all necessary vaccinations, which is a key requirement for most cat transport services.

Familiarize Them with Travel Sounds

Play recordings of airport or travel noises to familiarize your cat with the sounds they will encounter. This can help lessen their anxiety during the actual journey.

Maintain a Calm Environment

Keep your home environment calm and stress-free as the transport day approaches. Cats can pick up on their owner’s anxiety, so staying relaxed can help keep your cat calm.

Keep a Familiar Scent

Leaving a piece of clothing or a favorite toy with your scent on it inside your cat’s travel crate can greatly comfort your cat during their journey. This familiar smell can have a calming effect, and reassures them that they won’t be away from you for too long.

Feed and Exercise Before Travel

On the day of travel, ensure your cat has a chance to eat and exercise a few hours before departure. However, avoid feeding right before their journey to prevent stomach discomfort.

Proper Identification

Ensure your cat has proper identification, such as a microchip or a collar with an ID tag. This is crucial for safety and identification throughout the cat transportation process.

Pack Essentials

Prepare a small bag with your cat’s essentials, including food, water, any necessary medication, and a favorite toy. Having familiar items on hand can provide comfort to your cat during their journey.

Discuss Special Needs with Your Transport Service

If your cat has any special needs or medical conditions, discuss these with our cat transport service staff in advance. We are here to accommodate these needs to ensure a safe and comfortable journey for your pet.

Stay Informed about Regulations

Keep yourself updated on the latest travel regulations and requirements, especially for international travel. Our nationwide cat transportation services are always ready to assist with any queries you may have.

Why choose us?

Expert Coordination

At Pet Express, we understand that cat transport can be complex and daunting. Our team of experienced Pet Travel Consultants works tirelessly to navigate the intricacies of international cat shipping. From handling language barriers to fulfilling strict biosecurity controls, we’re committed to making the process seamless and straightforward for you and your feline friend.

Global Network

We boast a vast network of expert partners both within the USA and globally, ensuring your cat’s comfort and safety no matter the destination. Our connections span worldwide, offering the best cat transport service whether you’re moving to, from, or outside the USA.

Customized Solutions

Each cat and pet owner is unique, and so are their needs. Our cat transportation services are tailored to meet these individual requirements. From organizing cat travel crates to arranging comfortable stopovers, we handle every detail, ensuring a personalized experience for your cat’s journey.

Comprehensive Services

Our services go beyond just shipping cats. We offer a full suite of services, including pickup, airline check-in, boarding, kenneling, permits, customs clearance, health checks, and more. With us, you can expect an all-encompassing solution for your cat’s transport needs.

Stress-Free Experience

We prioritize your peace of mind. Our team ensures that all documents are compliant, manages quarantine procedures where necessary, and provides expert veterinary advice. This dedication helps to eliminate or significantly reduce quarantine time in some destinations, making the experience less stressful for you and your cat.

Reliable and Safe

Our commitment to safety and reliability is unmatched. We are recognized nationwide for our top-quality cat shipping service. By choosing us, you’re ensuring that your cat is in the safest hands, with the best cat carriers and ground transport arrangements available.

Our frequently asked questions


How do you ensure the comfort of my cat during long flights?

Our top priority is your cat’s comfort and well-being during flights. We select airlines offering the best in-flight care and coordinate with them to ensure your cat has a comfortable journey. This includes monitoring temperature, hydration, and ensuring a stress-free environment.

Can Pet Express assist with special medical needs for my cat during transport?

Absolutely! We understand that some cats may have special medical requirements. Our team works closely with veterinarians to ensure all medical needs are addressed and managed throughout the journey, including administering medications if needed.

What happens if my travel plans change last minute?

We know that travel plans can be unpredictable. Our team is flexible and can assist with rearranging your cat’s transport in case of last-minute changes. We aim to provide solutions that minimize stress for both you and your cat.

How do I choose the right size crate for my cat?

Crate size is crucial for your cat’s comfort. We provide guidance on selecting the right crate size to ensure your cat has enough space to stand, turn around, and lie down comfortably. Our cat transport quotes include options for different crate sizes tailored to your cat’s needs.

Do you provide updates during my cat’s journey?

Yes, we keep you informed every step of the way. Our team provides regular updates on your cat’s status and location throughout the journey, giving you peace of mind knowing how your feline friend is doing.

Are there any breeds of cats that you do not transport?

We cater to all breeds of cats. However, certain breeds, particularly brachycephalic (flat-faced) cats, require special attention due to their susceptibility to breathing difficulties. We take extra precautions to ensure their safety and comfort during transport.

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